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Layens Hive

Regular price £480.00 GBP
Regular price Sale price £480.00 GBP
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Devised by French beekeeper George de Layens in the 19th century, this hive is becoming more and more popular with thousands now in use in the USA and over 1 million in Spain alone.

Layens advocated sustainable beekeeping that rested on two principles;

  1. Use local, indigenous bees.
  2. Keep them inside appropriate hives that require minimal management and mimic the cavity size of a hollow tree.

With big hives, big frames, and plenty of room for the queen to lay uninterrupted, you should be able to minimize natural swarming, produce enough honey that the hive-site will allow, and build up a strong colony ready for the winter.

The hive includes 20 frames (440x340mm wide) conventionally spaced but top bars are butted together at the top of the hive for added insulation.

Please note that this is a Hyde Hives style Layens hive that we feel is more suited to UK beekeepers, with varroa mesh floors and pull-out inspection trays, we have also added a second entrance for it to be potentially used for colonies.


  • The hive is fully assembled
  • 20 x assembled Layens frames
  • 2 x Entrance reducers (1 per colony)
  • 1 x Partition board

A walkthrough video of our Layens hive by Black Mountain Honey

Key features:

Gas struts to keep the roof open


Main body - English Cedar

Roof - Phenolic resin ply

Stand - English Cedar


(approx) 800mm x 400mm

480mm deep

20 Frames in total

Care information

Use clear Danish oil once every year or two

Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
Andrew Ellis
Fantastic quality

Absolutely amazing hive. Amazing quality and with great workmanship. Would definitely buy another!!@

Peter Wilson
Lovely addition to the Apiary

I am delighted with my new Layens Hive from Hyde Hives. A beautiful looking and sturdy hive which will compliment my Long Hive superbly. The build is excellent, I have no doubt it will give me many many years of great service.

I’m unsure to run it as one or two hives at the moment I’ll see how the new colony takes to it and how they progress. The bees certainly have 5 star accommodation with this hive.

Thanks again Matt & Dean for a lovely bit of kit.

Tracey Newbold
Beautiful hive

Excellent service from start to finish. The hive is beautifully made and unique.
Delivery was fast and communication was excellent.
A personal service, informative and helpful throughout.
20 deep frames (no wax) ready for a new swarm. Sturdy stand . Perfect hive for a more hands off approach to beekeeping or just for something a little different.
I would highly recommend Hyde Hives.

J Black

The hive is a work of art. It is beautifully made and immaculate. Everything fits together perfectly and I can't wait to use it next season. Great customer service and delivery in just a few days. Thank you guys.

Layens Double Hive

Very pleased with the excellent workmanship and attention to detail. Also appreciated being able to discuss exactly what I wanted and receive first class advice.